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Oklahoma Wesleyan University President: “This is not a day care. This is a university!”

Oklahoma Wesleyan University President: “This is not a day care. This is a university!”

“Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you.”

In a letter to the student body, the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University said what we’ve all been saying — stop whining!

Dr. Everett Piper penned a public letter to university students where, among other glorious bits of wisdom, he advised, “Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you.”

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Protests at college campuses across the country have highlighted the alarming degree to which the modern university protester is disconnected from planet Earth. Dr. Piper, it would seem, has had enough. He wrote:

This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love. In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic. Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience. An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad. It is supposed to make you feel guilty. The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization.

But he wasn’t finished, oh no. Dr. Piper then offered this fabulously sobering advice:

So here’s my advice:

If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.

This is not a day care. This is a university!

Someone buy this man a drink! If he doesn’t drink, give him an award, something, anything!

Safe spaces, trigger warnings, and delayed adolescence are a pox on the modern college campus. What we really need are more Dr. Pipers. More Dr. Pipers who understand that giving kids everything they want is not always in their best interest.

Cheers to you, Dr. Piper. Well done. And bonus points for the not so subtle dig at Missouri.

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Comments

Words do not begin to express how right this man is. Every single one of these little self-absorbed pussies needs a good kick in the ass.

Rub a little Suck-it-up creme on it, walk it off, and grow the hell up dumbass!

Heh…!!!

Rowdy Dr. Piper!

It’s a single candle but it fights the darkness, never the less.

Perhaps Dr Piper’s example of a backbone will inspire others in academia.

Do it for these children.

My daughter is 18 an is applying to numerous colleges. Maybe she should apply here. I just hope though that other presidents of universities will speak up against this liberal nonsense of hurt feelings and limiting speech.

    Rick in reply to natdj. | December 1, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Maybe those colleges with this type of leadership will articulate that position in the description of their colleges. It would be great to see a list develop.

    Rick in reply to natdj. | December 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    A few Yale professors, speaking for themselves, are speaking out in favor of free speech:
    https://www.thefire.org/yale-faculty-defend-freedom-of-speech-express-support-for-christakises-in-open-letter/

    Juba Doobai! in reply to natdj. | December 1, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Dude, you’re paying the bill. Just tell her where to go. After all, he who pays the piper calls the tune. Hillsdale is also a great alternative.

    JessSophPA in reply to natdj. | December 1, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Quit it with the liberal stuff. I’m a liberal, hardcore Democratic supporter, and I think these kids are ASSHOLES. My father is a professor at a liberal arts college for 35 years now, and these sniveling whiny morons are putting him into an early grave. They want my father, a philosophy professor, a published author, to teach these coddled idiots how to TAKE NOTES. Guess what, Einsteins? If you decided to go to college without knowing how to take notes, don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya on your way out the damn door. He (ALSO a liberal) does not CARE what offends you. You SHOULD be periodically offended throughout college- it means you’re LEARNING! He does not CARE what triggers you…like at all, even the hard topics. Its not always a “liberal vs conservative” thing, and people who make it into that sound just like the whiny sniveling college students this article is about. If you don’t think there’s lots of rich conservative parents ,sending their kids to Yale and Harvard, who think their kids should be cuddled and snuggled through their college “experience,” you’re living under a ROCK.

      You make way too much sense to be a Democrat. What on earth is shackling you to the party of insanity? I was a Dem for 26 years before the cognitive dissonance became too much to withstand, so I suspect you’re seeing the light and ignoring it.

Bitterlyclinging | December 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Oklahoma. The state’s name says it all.

He can say that because OK Wesleyan is a Xian college, unlike Wesleyan in CT — or for that matter Yale and Harvard — which long ago abandoned all pretense of being Xian.

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

When I went to college, the rule of the day was …

Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.: Mr. Hart, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer. — The Paper Chase (1973)

Failure to mature. The “Peter Pan” syndrome is endemic to liberal societies.

…learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them.
This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.

Amen.

Someone buy this man a drink! If he doesn’t drink…

I’d give him a hug, and I’d say “Thank You”.

I am making my teenage son read Dr. Piper’s letter. Right now.

Should I ever meet this man, I will politely ask before I give him a hug and thank him for truly caring about his students.

This had to happen. And I’m sure there are young people who would flock to universities that had this attitude. Unfortunately all too many of the precious snowflake type would avoid them. Good riddance to them and let’s see which type of university produces the more successful graduates.

This man is my absolute hero. If only more administrators were like him.

Covered this on my blog as well: http://triggerwarningblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/anti-pc-okwu-prez-says-this-is-not.html

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